Hope you were able to get some rest during the holidays. They went by way too fast! Early 2023 is already busy.
January 20, Biden: Stop Fossil Fuels & Declare a Climate emergency — Joye Braun Day of Action 2023
Join us at the Federal Building on New Bern Avenue in Raleigh at 12:30 pm for a rally with speakers and song to honor Joye Braun. Register here.
The rally will be one of the many actions taking place as part of the national Joye Braun Day of Action. An invitation below from Morgan Brings Plenty (Joye’s daughter) and Waniya Locke:
This year, our movement and our world lost Joye Braun, a true warrior and force of nature. We are calling water protectors across Turtle Island to take action in Joye’s honor on January 20th – both Joye’s birthday and the second anniversary of the end of the Keystone XL pipeline. Joye was a fierce defender of Indigenous sovereignty, human rights, and environmental and climate justice. She played an instrumental role in stopping KXL, fighting the Dakota Access Pipeline, elevating the crisis of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW), and more recently leading the campaign to pressure President Biden to stop fossil fuel projects and declare a climate emergency. Joye dedicated her life to our movement and would want us to keep fighting – and that’s exactly what we’re going to do. Our call to action is based on Joye’s demand to President Biden:
“Be a climate warrior not a wimp. Kill the black snakes, reject all fossil fuel projects and declare a climate emergency.”
Check out this great video by Tikkun Olam Films for the Joye Braun Day of Action to get you excited about the importance of the day! See you there!
January 16, Martin Luther King, Jr Beloved Community Commemorative Service
10 am, in Atlanta and online
Join The King Center for #MLKDay2023. Featuring Brian Stevenson, Founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative as the keynote speaker with Dr. Bernice King, CEO of the King Center. Watch the livestream on the King Center’s website or their YouTube or social media pages.
January 17, The Pentagon, Climate Change, and War
12-1:30 pm, online
Join Highland United Methodist Church Micah 6:8 Team and Interfaith Creation Care of the Triangle for an oline forum with Neta Crawford, Professor of International Relations at the University of Oxford in the U.K. Professor Crawford will discuss her new book on the Pentagon, the world’s largest single greenhouse gas emitter. Tracing the U.S. military’s growing consumption of energy, Professor Crawford calls for a re-conceptualization of foreign policy and military doctrine. Only such a rethinking, she argues, will break the link between national security and fossil fuels. Click here to register.
January 21, NC Environmental Justice Network Civic Engagement Series – Science Tools: Spidey Sens-r
10 am – 2 pm, C.M. Eppes Community and Recreation Center, 400 Nash St., Greenville, NC
Join North Carolina Environmental Justice Network, North of the River Association, and Down East Coal Ash Environmental and Social Justice Coalition to discuss community air quality concerns and using Spidey Sens-r and other tools to measure and address them. Spidey Sens-r is a network of air quality monitors using spider webs that participants will learn to use and contribute towards. More info and register here.
January 25, Comment Writing Party – Tell the Forest Service to Reject the MVP
7 pm, online
Join Wild Virginia, Appalachian Voices, and POWHR for an online event to help you make effective comments in response to a public notice. We have another chance to tell the U.S. Forest Service that the Mountain Valley Pipeline’s attempt to cut and blast across our Jefferson National Forest must be rejected. Construction would further pollute waters in West Virginia and Virginia, destroy vital forest habitats, and harm our communities. More info and register here.
January 31, Renewal of Resistance: An Evening with #StopMVP ARTivists
7 pm, online
“Renewal of Resistance” is an event to replenish our movement in the Near Year. After four victories against Senator Manchin’s Dirty Deal and other wins and losses last year, folks are understandably tired! People will gather on Zoom from all over the country to hear the voices, see the dances, and feel the words of amazing artists from Virginia, West Virginia, and North Carolina. More information and register here.
February 9, Secretary’s Environmental Justice and Equity Advisory Board
3 pm, online and in person, Green Square Training Room (in DEQ office), 217 West Jones Street, Raleigh
As usual there will be a public comment period starting at 5 p.m. To comment in-person or online, fill out this speaker sign-up form by 12 pm on February 9.
February 24, 7 pm, online, Third Act NC launch
March 21, Banking on our Future Day of Action
The NC Carbon Plan that had to be released by the end of year from the NC Utility Commission was released late on December 30, during the holidays and just before New Year’s Eve. As some of us expected, it’s not good with more gas and nuclear and not enough solar, wind, and energy efficiency!
— Lisa Sorg’s excellent article Utilities Commission approves new plan to reduce carbon emissions, but advocates are underwhelmed about the NC Carbon Plan here.
Be on the lookout for a new report card on the NC Carbon Plan from People Power NC that 350 Triangle is a part of!
Stop Enbridge and Drop the charges! Enbridge Line 3 Damage to Water Continues as Water Protectors Steadily Document Destruction & Face Charges.
In 2021, Enbridge Line 3 construction damage to the pristine waters of Anishinaabe territory in northern Minnesota started an ongoing chain of ecological devastation. Indigenous and allied scientists and community water protectors have continued to do the monitoring and reporting work the state should be doing. Follow heroic Waadookawaad Amikwag (Those Who Help Beaver) volunteers, and call on federal agencies to intervene and Stop Enbridge! Click here to take actions, AND to watch the recording of the Rally for Rivers Reunion from January 9th with Indigenous leaders on Native Roots Radio with Winona LaDuke, Tara Houska, and others.
Join the scientists calling for Gov. Cooper to stop Duke Energy’s gas expansion and speed progress on renewables and energy efficiency by taking action here.
Tell Biden, Trudeau, and Obrador to prioritize climate justice at this week’s North American Summit here.
The Federal Reserve has unveiled draft principles that would protect our economy from the climate crisis. But, these principles are just guidelines – we need the Fed to make them a requirement for banks and financial institutions to follow. Our entire banking system needs to divest from the fossil fuel industry and reinvest resources into a clean, just, renewable economy. Tell the Federal Reserve: We need stronger climate action here.
National parks must develop deep relationships with Tribal communities for true collaboration and co-governance.Tell National Park Service Director Chuck Sams: It’s time to re-indigenize national parks! More information and sign here.
Articles and videos
Video recording of In Conversation with Authors Madeline Ostrander and Bill McKibbenearlier this month talking about life in America in a time of climate disaster and how we’re building resilience and re-examining the nature of home here.
Thom Hartman’s How Global Warming Makes it Freezing Cold after the holiday bomb cyclone here.
Gas stoves are rightly receiving lots of attention again lately after a new study released shows 13% of childhood asthma comes from living in a house with a gas stove. There is a huge push for electric stoves and induction stove tops, that of course the gas companies and their supporters are complaining about. Bill McKibben’s Turn off the gas articlehere.
Unacceptable news and outrage yesterday after a CEO of one of the largest oil companies on the planet was named as the head of COP28 next year! Global outrage as oil executive named head of UN climate talkshere.
Great video from Movement Rights featuring NC’s Dr. Crystal Cavalier Keck— Listening to the Waters Speakhere.
Thanks for reading, sharing, and taking action! Look forward to seeing some of you on the 20th for the #JoyeBraunDay of Action!
Peace and love for our beautiful Earth, Karen
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